Liam Neeson, an Irish actor, has established a significant reputation for himself in the film industry in Hollywood. The actor has established himself as a leading figure in the film business with leading parts in a number of successful films, including “Schindler’s List” and the “Taken” action picture series. Over the course of his career, he has been considered for a number of prizes, including the Academy Award, the British Academy Film Award, two Tony Awards, and three Golden Globe Awards, among others. In the year 2020, he was even ranked number seven on the list of Ireland’s 50 best cinema performers that was compiled by The Irish Times.
Neeson has experienced a significant amount of adversity and difficulty throughout his life, despite the fact that he has had a great profession. The passing of Neeson’s wife, Natasha Richardson, has been the obstacle in Neeson’s life that he has struggled the most to overcome, and this is the part that stands out the most.
They first crossed paths in 1993 when they were both cast in a Broadway production of the play “Anna Christie.” Together, they had a glittering performing career. Natasha was going through a divorce with her husband, the producer Robert Fox, at the time, although the pair was still legally married.
Later on in that year, they started dating, and by the following year, they were married. They were blessed with two boys, Micheál and Daniel, who were both born to them together. For sixteen lovely years, they lived together as a loving family, until in 2009, disaster befell them all. Natasha had a head injury while skiing with one of her boys, which eventually led to her passing. The fall caused her to strike her head, which caused the brain damage.
Neeson first took some time to mourn the loss privately, but he eventually discussed it in more detail with the reporter Anderson Cooper. He also discussed how, after the passing of their mother, he has continued to be a rock for his two kids, who are now in their teenage years.
When Richardson was skiing in Quebec, Canada, in March 2009, she had a fall and hurt her head. At the time, she was traveling with her eldest son. She chose not to seek medical assistance after the incident, which occurred while she was not wearing a helmet, and instead continued on with her day.
But Natasha was brought to the hospital three hours after the incident took place. Neeson, who was located in Toronto at the time, wasted no time in getting on a plane to go visit her. When he arrived, he found out that his wife was being kept alive by a machine. He said that he had expressed his affection for his wife, even though he was unsure whether or not she was able to hear him. He also said that he and his wife had agreed, in the event that one of them fell into a coma, the other would decide whether or not to “pull the plug” on life support. He said to CBS:
“So then, when I met her and saw all these tubes and whatnot, it was the first thing that came to my mind. Was, “All right, these tubes have to be removed.” She has disappeared.’”
Since the passing of his wife, Neeson has not been shy about expressing how much he longs for her. He said that there are times when he waits for her to enter through the entrance of their house as if nothing had ever occurred to change his expectations.
“It was just in your mind. It’s still not really like that,” he remarked.
Neeson’s affection for his late wife has not diminished despite the passage of nearly 10 years after their marriage ended. In an interview given to The Inquirer in the year 2020, he said that he goes to her grave on a daily basis.
“I talk to her every day at her grave, which is about a mile and a half down the road,” Neeson added. “Her grave is about a mile and a half down the road.” “Since I spend a lot of time in that area, I try to carry on conversations with her as if she were here.”
However, in addition to having to cope with his own loss, Neeson had to become strong for his two boys, who were only 12 and 13 years old when their mother passed away. This required him to deal with his own emotions while also being strong for his sons. During his interview with CBS, Neeson had mentioned how much of a loving figure Natasha was. Cooper was present. He said, “She was concerned about each and every person. She naturally takes on a maternal role. And she would cook supper for us all, and she was always looking out for us all.”
Therefore, the whole family was forced to come to terms with the loss when that person was removed from their life. The eldest son of the couple, Micheál Richardson, granted an interview to the Sunday Times Style in 2015, during which he discussed going through a “dark” period in which he relied on alcohol and drugs to cope with the loss of his mother. He described this period as a time when he was unable to function normally. According to The Belfast Telegraph’s story, he said to the media that:
“Of course, the event itself was a catastrophe when it occurred. On the other hand, I believe that, unconsciously, I either repressed it or buried it deep inside myself.
He had reached “rock bottom,” where he was unable to leave the home or wake up in the morning, when he decided to try “wilderness treatment.” As a result, he was able to get his life back on track. He went on to explain why the loss of the family matriarch was such a significant event:
The absence of a mother figure in the household undoubtedly threw off the dynamic of the family.
But Michael also acknowledged that his father was a source of motivation for him. Neeson discussed his efforts to be there for his two boys when his wife Natasha passed away in an interview with GQ. However, he did not gloss over the challenges that come with being a single parent. He said:
“My sons are in their teenage years. They are trying out new things. They’re stretching their muscles and venturing down potentially risky paths, and you’re thinking, “F***.” If Tasha were present, someone would be able to tell her about this.’”
During the tremendously trying period that the family went through following Natasha’s passing, Neeson showed himself to be a rock and an inspiration for his sons, and he was able to guide them through it.
In the meanwhile, Micheál has made positive changes in his life and is even following in the footsteps of his renowned parents by beginning a career in the acting profession. In addition to that, he is a really good-looking dude. In 2013, Micheál made his first appearance on screen in the film “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues.” According to The Belfast Telegraph, he also had a fashion gallery in London in the year 2015, so it’s quite obvious that he’s into a wide variety of artistic and cultural expressions.
Both Neeson and Micheál have utilized their careers as a means to better deal with the emotions they experience in their personal lives, and the two of them appeared in the film “Made in Italy” together. The narrative of a widower and his estranged son who reconcile in a villa in Tuscany, which was left by the lady who was Neeson’s wife and Micheál’s mother, is told in the film. Micheál is played by Micheál. Neeson said that the experience of making the movie was “cathartic in a manner” and compared it to the way that art can sometimes be. In an interview with the Observer, Micheál said that he “went into (the movie) truly wanting to experience something and having those sensations come up.” To my astonishment, there was not the pivotal emotional moment when everything erupted into a raging frenzy. Simply said, the whole of the experience was what made me feel (Richardson’s) love as well as the love of the narrative and the cast and crew. There is where I sensed her the most.”
In the movie “Cold Pursuit,” released in 2019, Micheál also played the role of Liam Neeson’s son. In addition, he has roles in the movies “Vox Lux” (2018), in which he co-starred with Natalie Portman, and “On Our Way” (2021).
It is quite evident that Neeson and his family have gone through a lot together over the course of their lives; but, they have also been able to accomplish some remarkable things in the field of entertainment. Above all all, Neeson and his son Micheál have shown that when you have loved ones by your side, there is no obstacle that you cannot overcome.